Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service

Significant Gorse Fires

Date, Time: 14 April 2020,
Location: Belleek, Co Fermanagh; Artigarvan, Newtownstewart and Coalisland, Co Tyrone

NIFRS responded to several significant gorse fires, the largest of which were in our Western Area Command. The largest fires which are now under control are located in the Belleek Area of County Fermanagh, at Artigarvan near Newtownstewart and at Coalisland Co Tyrone.

Dealing with these fires, which at this stage appear to have been started deliberately, unnecessarily draws precious resources away from where they are needed most, protecting our community.

It is most important that we all play our part in protecting our communities during this national emergency, and to ensure that we do not add unnecessary pressures to the emergency services.

NIFRS would remind the public to exercise common sense in the countryside. For example, always extinguish smoking materials properly; never throw cigarette ends out of car windows and be considerate in parking vehicles so as not to block access for emergency vehicles.

The public are also reminded that deliberate setting of wildfires is a criminal offence and if you see anyone setting a fire you should call the PSNI immediately.

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